Dear Minister Marc-Philippe DAUBRESSE (Minister of Youth and Active Solidarity),Dear Delegate General of the TOTAL Foundation, Dear CatherineFERRANT,Dear Marc-Olivier WAHLER, Director of the Palais de Tokyo,Dear OlivierKAEPPELIN, Director of the Palais de Tokyo Project,Ladies and Gentlemen,Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that I am with you today,
in this exceptional space of invention, dialogue and exchange between
artists and audiences that is the Palais de Tokyo, and I want to
to thank its director, Mr. Marc-Olivier WAHLER, for welcoming us there
and allow us to give a new impetus to this dialogue, these
exchanges and this inventiveness, thanks to this Experimental Fund
for the youth».
“Experimentation”: I find this term particularly well chosen for
the originality of this operation, the spirit of research
and innovation that drives it, as it will animate projects that will soon
It is good, too, to search for new
forms of political, cultural and social action that this is a renewal
of our designs and practices, and, in short,
a new phase of cultural democratization.
In this, this “Experimentation for Youth”, launched by my colleague
Marc-Philippe DAUBRESSE, enters into full resonance with my
ideal of a “culture for everyone”, of which I made the structuring axis of my
head of the Ministry of Culture and Communication. He was,
indeed, it has become indispensable to go beyond the somewhat uniform logic
“culture for all”, which did not take enough
the growing diversity of audiences and their
cultural practices, which had to adapt more to the specificities of
different audiences that now make up our society.
So which audiences need this adaptation? I want to
to say: all. But, first, all those who are landlocked, geographically,
socially, culturally: I think of the inhabitants of the areas
rural, suburban, marginalized populations, be it
by disability, illness, old age or imprisonment,
but I am also thinking, of course, of young people.
“In a democracy, every generation is a new people,” said
TOCQUEVILLE. And this is all the more true when developments,
technology, are faster, like the explosion
which we participate in, and which, as has been shown by
the recent Department’s 10-Year Survey of Cultural Practices
of the French," profoundly changes our behaviour, our practices,
our ways of even thinking, or perceiving our relationship to
world, as in time and space. Today there is a generation
“Internet natives”, as they say, and whose culture – including
cultures are very different from those we knew and
we used to.

This multiple revolution creates new media and new
forms of creation, but also a new relationship to heritage, and
cultural content. And this obviously involves new
modes of public intervention, of which this operation is an illustration
It first shows that today, more than ever, nothing is lonely
– everything is solidarity. Solidarity within the government, in politics
in our efforts to achieve cohesion. Many
problems of exclusion, as we know, are also and perhaps before
all the problems of culture, and culture is precisely one of the levers
to combat certain forms of exclusion.
The first of the exclusions is that of social intimidation, which, too
often keeps people, especially young people, at the gates of the
culture: it is first and foremost to break down these barriers and glass ceilings that
aims at our ideal of a “culture for everyone”, and to allow everyone to
build an intimate relationship with culture, both with works and with
the various forms of cultural practice, initially amateur.
It is a question of giving young people the means to make their way, their way
their path to the arts and culture, to build themselves
a “journey” of freedom and autonomy.
For this, we must at the same time offer them an introduction to the art forms that
are sometimes the most distant, even foreign, such as opera, music
or painting; it is also to this requirement that
meets the arts and cultural education we have recently introduced
in school. But we must also give young people recognition
their own artistic and cultural practices,
too often, have been relegated as unacceptable to the margins of a
official culture, which we must call elitist. We must absolutely give them
right to freedom of movement if we do not wish to disregard the imprescriptible right
So I am delighted that these two complementary and even inseparable aspects,
of initiation and fair recognition of diversity
be fully taken into account by this programme, in particular
through awareness-raising and mediation projects which, in close partnership
with the Ministry of Education, open the school to other
spaces of sensitivity and expression. This, thanks to collaborations
with associations that, day after day, work on the ground, with
that patience that of passion, in favor of young people and their access to
all forms of culture.
What this operation basically embodies is the conviction of a fundamental issue
social and societal aspects of culture. Culture is not
Aesthetics is not an add-on or a luxury – except to consider
this one as “this very necessary thing” that speaks
VOLTAIRE – culture is the very soul of society, it is what makes it
together, which is the foundation of our well-being-seems and even our
know-how to live together is something deeply rooted in
social life.
This is why this operation also fully takes into account, in
the “pathways” drawn for young people, the professional dimension
that represent the various cultural professions, these trades
which reveal its various faces, as closely as possible to contemporary realities.

As I said, “culture for everyone” is part of a government logic.
and the partnership between the Ministry of
Culture and Communication and Youth and Solidarity
is exemplary in this respect: this programme gives it a new
But this "extension of the field of culture and its
is also, inseparably, an “extension of the
cultural actors”, both public and private. We have finally understood
that, in order to adapt and address each person, and not indiscriminately
“to all” – or, as too often, to a few, always
the same –, culture should no longer be just a “business
of State», a matter of the State, but that of everyone: yes, I am convinced
that cultural patronage must play a driving role in our cultural projects,
that I am working to strengthen. Well, again, this “Fund
experimentation for youth” seems to me absolutely exemplary,
and I would like to thank very warmly the company TOTAL, and the Foundation
which is its cultural expression – in particular its General Delegate,
Catherine FERRANT – for their generosity and commitment,
Thus, together – public authorities and private actors – we
challenge of a culture that is better shared, more
more attentive to the real expectations of all the
in all their diversity, which makes them rich. This is how
together, we are bringing this ambition and this
the ideal – not utopian – of a culture truly “for everyone”.
Thank you.